Meeting Messi gave me goosebumps, says Barca new signing


The Palmeiras defender is on the brink of completing his transfer to the Nou Camp. He is set to become the first Colombian to play an official match with Barcelona.

Barcelona recently completed the signing of 23-year-old center-back Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras with the fee reported to be around €11.8m (£10.45m) and as confirmed by the club, the Colombia worldwide carries a whopping 100 million Euro (£88.6m) release clause on his head.

The young defender proceeded to take his boots and even socks off before stepping on to the Camp Nou pitch and remained for a moment in what seemed like a prayer - something he does every time he steps on to the pitch of a new club, which won the hearts of even neutral supporters. Explaining the reason behind this, the center-back explained, "There is a saying in my country that says, 'Touch the land you want to conquer with the sole of your feet.' And here I want to make history with everyone".

'It's a very solid team, a very compact team, you will have a lot of possession, and everyone knows the best team in the world. Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are all firmly ahead of the Colombian in the pecking order.

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The tallest player in the squad at 1.95 meters (6-foot-4), Mina is known for his speed and impressive play with the ball at his feet.

Barcelona's new signing, Yerry Mina has revealed how he felt after meeting Lionel Messi for the first time.

Mina scored nine goals in 49 matches with Palmeiras, celebrating with his traditional dance moves. "I'll adapt to what the group wants to do".